Mar 27th 2020 | Posted in Education by Texas Government Insider

The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) has extended the deadline for its request for qualifications (RFQ) for a construction manager at risk (CMR) to April 14 to build a new $70 million arts and performance complex and $35 million parking structure. RFQ guidelines outline a 110,000 square foot arts and performance complex that will […]

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Mar 20th 2020 | Posted in Education by Texas Government Insider

Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) trustees recently approved a resolution for the district to become “Dallas College” upon final approval in June. DCCCD’s application is scheduled to go before the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) in June. Once its single accreditation application is approved, the Dallas County Community College […]

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Mar 20th 2020 | Posted in Education by Government Contracting Pipeline

Wisconsin – Madison’s four main high schools – East, La Follette, Memorial, and West – are in need of repairs and renovations, and a new proposal aims to split $280 million evenly between the four schools. At its March 23 meeting, the school board will vote on which questions to put on the ballot for this […]

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Jan 31st 2020 | Posted in Education by Government Contracting Pipeline

Illinois – Gov. JB Pritzker released $10.5 million for planning and design of a new health sciences building at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). The total cost of the project is estimated to be $105 million. The project calls for building a state-of-the-art health sciences building that will allow students and professors to learn together across […]

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Dec 20th 2019 | Posted in Education by Government Contracting Pipeline

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has released more details about its plans to build an estimated $90 million National Security Collaboration Center (NSCC) and School of Data Science (SDS). The project will provide a large collaborative environment between UTSA students, faculty, and researchers with federal, industry, and private partners for the purpose […]

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Oct 4th 2019 | Posted in Education by Government Contracting Pipeline

Nebraska – The University of Nebraska is getting a new athletic complex near its Memorial Stadium. The 350,000-square foot complex is estimated to cost $155 million and will serve the football program as well as student-athletes in all sports. Construction will begin in summer 2020 and finish in May or June of 2022. The three-story building […]

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May 14th 2019 | Posted in Education by Government Contracting Pipeline
Rendering for Aggie Square

California- The University of California (UC) and city of Sacramento have approved a preliminary design for Aggie Square, a new innovation hub to be built on the university’s Sacramento campus. The preliminary design is a necessary part of Aggie Square’s next step – issuing a request for qualifications (RFQ) to developers sometime in June. A request […]

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Apr 5th 2019 | Posted in Education by Taylor Perk

Michigan– Renovations on Western Michigan University’s Dunbar Hall is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2020. An evaluation of the building was conducted a few years ago and concluded that the building’s systems were past its life expectancy and that the building was no longer configured in a way that accommodates instruction today or […]

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Mar 29th 2019 | Posted in Education, Vertical by Texas Government Insider

Texas A&M-San Antonio has hired a construction manager to assist with its Academic and Administration Building project. A request for proposals will be released April 3 to subcontractors and suppliers. The project entails construction of a 58,000-square-foot, mission-style brick and stone facade building. In addition to providing office space for administration staff, the building will […]

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Mar 28th 2018 | Posted in Education by Strategic Partnerships, Inc.

North Carolina– Last week, the board of trustees at Appalachian State University heard updates from Chancellor Sheri Everts on the school’s five-year strategic goals. Discussions are underway regarding how to use the former Watauga High School property, which Appalachian now owns. Options discussed include student residence halls, a day care facility, student recreation fields and […]

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Mar 7th 2018 | Posted in Education by Strategic Partnerships, Inc.

Ohio– Students and staff at Kent State University were given a glimpse into the new University Master Plan. The 10-year plan is divided into three phases to ensure projects are completed on time and is estimated to cost $1.2 billion. The master plan includes a $72 million plan for a new College of Business Administration […]

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Mar 7th 2018 | Posted in Education by Strategic Partnerships, Inc.

Iowa– On April 3, residents of the Ames Community School District will be asked to vote on a bond referendum regarding whether $110 million in general obligation bonds should be issued to build a new high school and add additional classrooms at Edwards, Mitchell and Meeker elementary schools. If the bond referendum passes, the expansion […]

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Oct 11th 2017 | Posted in Education by Kristin Gordon

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in fall 2017, about 50.7 million students attended public elementary and secondary schools in the United States. Of these, 35.6 million are in prekindergarten through eighth grade and 15.1 million will be in grades 9 through 12. An additional 5.2 million students were expected to attend private […]

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Jun 23rd 2017 | Posted in Education by Kristin Gordon

It took 140 days to decide how much funding and flexibility two-and-four-year educational institutions would receive. Higher education had a chilly reception at the beginning of the 85th Legislative Session when three bills were proposed that would have frozen all tuition and fees until 2022, repealed the tuition set-aside program and required schools to reach […]

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Apr 21st 2017 | Posted in Education by Kristin Gordon

“This is not a decision a commissioner takes lightly, because you are setting aside an elected body… so there is a lot of thought,” said DeEtta Culbertson, information specialist with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) referring to the commissioner of education’s decision to take over a school district. Some of the most recent schools receiving […]

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Mar 10th 2017 | Posted in Education by Kristin Gordon

March 10 marks the 60th day of the 85th Texas Legislature and the deadline for the unrestricted filing of bills and join resolutions other than local bills, emergency appropriations and bills that have been declared an emergency by the governor. One of the bills that made it under the deadline is House Bill 21, which […]

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Mar 3rd 2017 | Posted in Education by Kristin Gordon

In 2003, a unique public-private partnership called The High School Project  (THSP) was created to remedy the continued problem of high school dropouts despite several initiatives that were implemented prior to 2003 to reduce the rates. During the 2002 gubernatorial election, Gov. Rick Perry proposed a plan to reduce the number of students who dropped […]

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Jan 27th 2017 | Posted in Education by Kristin Gordon

Before school choice was introduced at the 85th Legislative Session, some Texans may have not been aware of this movement.  Since 2011, a week has been designated in January to celebrate National School Choice Week. Gov. Greg Abbott officially proclaimed January 22-28, 2017 as “School Choice Week” in Texas, joining two dozen governors and more […]

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Oct 7th 2016 | Posted in Education, P3/PPP by Mary Scott Nabers

Mary Scott Nabers spoke at the Higher Education Summit in San Diego to discuss Public-Private Partnerships opportunities in higher education. Topic:  Thinking about entering into a P3 engagement?  Good For You!  If so, here are some important questions to ask: What is the driving motivation for a P3 project engagement? Is the project suitable for a P3? Are […]

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Sep 23rd 2016 | Posted in Education by Priscilla Loebenberg

Houston’s Furr High School is helping redesign secondary education in America. The school was recently awarded a $10 million Super School Project grant from the XQ Institute.  Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, chairs the institute’s board of directors and guides its mission to overhaul the public school system. Furr’s principal, Dr. […]

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Aug 5th 2016 | Posted in Education by Priscilla Loebenberg

Questions and challenges have arisen recently regarding Texas’ handgun laws due to two pieces of legislation enacted this year known as open carry and campus carry. Campus carry in particular has received widespread attention due to public debates over regulations at the university level. The open carry law (House Bill 910) went into effect Jan. […]

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Jul 22nd 2016 | Posted in Education by J Lyn Carl
Image showing a child in RRISD's NextGen classrooms pilot program
Photo: Round Rock Independent School District

While some public schools strive for 1-to-1 technology in their classrooms, where every student is issued a computer device for use at school and at home, the Round Rock Independent School District is instead focusing on integrating instructional technology in developing “next-generation classrooms.” The result of Round Rock ISD’s experiment with classroom technology is its Next Generation […]

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